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Pedro Ining
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Michael Weinhauer
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Introductions
Agenda
• Introduction
• Cognos data module architectures
• Data set libraries
• Use cases
• Senturus overview
• Additional resources
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Cognos data modules
• Web-based end-user focused data blending, modeling,
transformation tool debuted on Cognos Analytics 11.0
• IBM’s response to data democratization and other tools
like Tableau and Microsoft Power BI
• 11.1 R7 significantly closed some of the technical gaps
between Framework Manager and data modules
• All future development resources will be focused on
data module enhancements
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What are data modules still missing?
• DMR (dimensionally modeled relational)
• Object-based security
• Model branches and merges – team-based modeling
• Parameter maps
• Multi-lingual packages
• Complex row-level security implementations
• FM style namespaces (but we can somewhat simulate)
• FM style packages
• Search and select prompt for reporting
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Data governance is a framework for
ensuring the availability, accuracy,
and security of data across an
organization.
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•IT driven enterprise model
•Hybrid model
•End-user driven model
Data module architectures
Many ways to use data modules, but we would like to
discuss potential key architectures that you can use to
implement data modules
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IT driven enterprise model – classic FM
 IT gathers report
requirements
 IT develops the Framework
Manager model
 IT publishes packages from
the Framework Manager
model
 IT creates standard reports
from the package
 Users may create their own
ad hoc analysis reports from
the package
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IT driven enterprise model – data modules
• Replace the use of FM with data modules
• For new modeling projects, they are driven by business requirements vs.
modeling the entire database
• For existing legacy FM models, select business relevant subject areas in the
model that need to be redesigned for better self-service
• The data module is READ ONLY and controlled by IT
• End user modelers can ‘link’ to this module or create data sets for their own
modeling purposes
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Hybrid model
• Uses legacy IT
maintained FM
packages
• Part of the package
can be integrated
into a user or IT data
module
• Legacy packages
used to create
datasets for use in
data modules
• Allows user access
to spreadsheet data
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End-user driven model
“Point me to the data, I’ll take care of the rest…”
 IT maintains the source
databases or data warehouses
 Use Cognos self-service
modeling components to model
the database for specific
requirements
 Users extract subsets of data
from source databases via
Cognos data sets technology;
which are integrated into data
modules
 Users may upload their own
privately maintained curated
data from spreadsheets or text
files
See demos of the three data module
architectures
To view the video recording and download the slide deck go
to https://senturus.com/resources/cognos-data-module-
architectures-and-use-cases/.
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Data set libraries
• Common data sets for use in user or IT defined data modules
• Subject specific dimensional/reference data or summarized fact data
• Not meant to store large amounts of data, typically 10-15M rows max
• Allows for better performing queries/reports
• Stored in common folder structures
Databases FM Packages
Common Data Sets Stored in Team Content
Answers to participant questions
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Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use
Cases
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Q: Is it possible to connect multiple fact tables to the same dimension
table or multiple dimension tables in Cognos? For example, if we have five
fact tables and three DIM tables with four out of the five fact tables
connect to three DIM tables?
A: Yes, this typical star schema model is fully supported by data modules.
Q: If our users have read only access in Cognos, can they copy data
module from their “My Content” and make changes all join?
A: Much like a report, users can copy the data module to their My Content and
then make changes. But they are no longer linked to the READ ONLY data
module and will no longer see any more changes that IT may make.
Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use
Cases
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Q: Users in our environment can see Frameworks, but within modules,
they can’t see tables in our data warehouse. Are there other
configuration/settings that we’re missing? For example, if users go to
Microsoft Access, can they see the tables within the warehouse?
A: When you create the Cognos data source connection be sure you load the
metadata for the schema. This is a button in the data source connection
properties.
Q: How many Cognos Framework Manager packages can be combined in
a data module?
A: There is no limit, but it really is a best practice design issue. Make sure your
data modules are concise and subject specific.
Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use
Cases
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Q: How resource intensive are data modules compared to Framework
Manager? Does Cognos suggest additional resources if using DMs vs.
FM?
A: Since data modules can integrate many different types of data sources – DB
Connections, FM packages, data set and uploaded Excel files it will depend on
the content of the DMs. A DM with only data sets will generally perform better
but you may need to keep an eye on the memory use of the data sets in
Cognos.
Q: When combining a Cognos Framework Manager package with a data
module, does the FM package need to be built in DQM or can it be CQM?
A: The FM model needs to be in DQM.
Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use
Cases
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Q: If I get an error when I try to bring an ODS package into the Cognos
data module will I need help from IT? It says connection information is
missing from data source (ODS). I do not have administrative access.
A: Like running a report against a package, if the data source connection of the
package contains incorrect connection settings, you will need access to that
connection. Try calling IT to fix the package connection.
Q: If the Cognos Framework Manager package can be either CQM or DQM,
are there any advantages or disadvantages between the two?
A: DQM is really the better of the two modes. It is the newest mode and uses a
64BIT java engine vs. the 32bit CQM engine. Most current and future Cognos
Analytics 11x features will require DQM connections.
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Q: If I create a hybrid Cognos data module with query subjects that have
object-based security, will that security be preserved?
A: A data module that brings in Framework Manager package objects will
respect the security model of the FM package.
Q: In Cognos 11.1.7 can I copy query objects from reports to a data set?
A: The 11.1.7 release uses the query tools from the report studio tool set. But
we do not believe there is an easy was to import those query objects from
reports to the new 11.1.7 data set editor.
Q: How can I get the presentation for this webinar?
A: Access the deck and the recording at:
https://senturus.com/resources/cognos-data-module-architectures-use-cases/
Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use
Cases
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Q: With the data set library, how do I save different Cognos data sets for
different departments since the data set is saved under the same name?
The security is based on department at my organization.
A: You can use Team Content folder security to create data sets for departments
in different folders. Then the folders are secured for each department. Beyond
data sets, you can have one master data set that is in a data module that
contains security based on Cognos security groups. Then the data module is
the one that is published and then users can link to that data module.
Q: Will the architecture model work in Cognos 11.0.13?
A: Possibly, but there are so many more data module features added through
the 11.1.7 release. We recommend not using that release.
Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use
Cases
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Q: Would you recommend using data modules in Cognos 11.0.11?
A: We recommend waiting to upgrade to the latest release because of the many
improvements to data modules.
Q: How much RAM is used when using Cognos data sets?
A: Depends on the size of the data set. You can adjust how much memory
Cognos devotes to data sets in the advanced settings section of the admin
console. Initially it is set to 4GB.
Q: How are Cognos data modules validated?
A: They are automatically validated in the tool.
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Cases
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Q: To improve the performance of data modules, we’ve been creating data
sets with data modules and then bring it back to data module. Although this
process works, we have been facing issues when trying to combine
package. What are the shortcomings when using packages in data modules?
A: 11.1.7 has an improved data set editor. The full query painter tools in Report
Studio are available in the data set editor. You no longer need to create data
modules to create data sets. Using packages in data modules can become
confusing since you don’t really see the tables on the relationship diagram editor,
and this is by design because of the potential of seeing too many tables. We like to
only expose the tables we need from packages in DMs via views. We’ll analyze
the requirements and if possible, create a data set from that package that is more
subject focused and smaller than the full table in the package.
Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use
Cases
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Q: How do Cognos datasets perform against cloud?
A: When you join a data set to a cloud table, Cognos will bring the data from the
cloud table and join it to the dataset at the Cognos server.
Q: Is there possible versioning on Cognos data modeling?
A: There is no native versioning so you will need to make copies of a data module.
However, Motio has versioning capabilities.
Q: In Cognos Framework Manager, can we do complex joins with SQL
statements? Can we do those complex joins in Cognos data modules as
well? Or are they limited to simple joins?
A: The later releases of data modules allow for complex joins. We recommend you
start your data module journey with the latest release of Cognos 11.1.7.
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Q: Can we include several packages in Cognos data modules and then in
report editor join queries from various packages in the data modules?
A: Technically yes, but it will look messy to report writers. We advise exposing
what you need then hide the underlying packages in a data module.
Q: How can we make a translation layer in Cognos data modules for reusing
translations for role playing dimensions?
A: For role playing dimensions, bring in the physical dimension table. Make table
view copies of the table then hide the base physical table. Do this in a folder, it
acts like a physical namespace layer.
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Cases
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Q: When is the auto refresh capability arriving in Cognos? For example, we’d
like to use a flat file loaded from a drive. Every time the file is updated, we
need to reupload the file.
A: Great idea, but we’re not sure when that feature will be arriving. It might be
possible to do this via the SDK.
Q: Does IBM want users to move off Framework Manager and instead use
data modules?
A: For new modeling tasks IBM would like you to start with data modules. There
are so many Framework Manager models in use that we don’t advise doing a
complete 1 for 1 migration of an FM model to a DM. It’s better to just find what
parts of that model needs re-engineering and focus on those.
Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use
Cases
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Q: Where is the data stored from data sets in Cognos?
A: They are stored on the Cognos server in a parquet file format.
Q: What are advantages and disadvantages to storing Cognos datasets in a
content store database vs. external files?
A: Initially they are stored in the content store, but we recommend storing it on the
file system because as your user base uses this feature, the content store is going
to get too large. With a file system you can devote specific storage locations that
could be optimized for retrieval.
Q: Does report execution mode changing to 64-bit help in Cognos datasets
and data modules or in general?
A: Yes.
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Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use Cases

  • 1. Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use Cases 1 Thumbnail
  • 2. 2 Hundreds of resources Visit the Resource Library on the Senturus website to download this presentation and explore other assets: senturus.com/resources 2
  • 3. 3 Pedro Ining Principle BI Analytics Architect Senturus, Inc. Michael Weinhauer Director Senturus, Inc. 3 Introductions
  • 4. Agenda • Introduction • Cognos data module architectures • Data set libraries • Use cases • Senturus overview • Additional resources 4
  • 5. Enjoy the full webinar presentation This slide deck is from the webinar Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use Cases. To view the FREE video recording and download this deck, go to https://senturus.com/resources/cognos-data-module- architectures-and-use-cases/ 5
  • 6. Cognos data modules • Web-based end-user focused data blending, modeling, transformation tool debuted on Cognos Analytics 11.0 • IBM’s response to data democratization and other tools like Tableau and Microsoft Power BI • 11.1 R7 significantly closed some of the technical gaps between Framework Manager and data modules • All future development resources will be focused on data module enhancements 6
  • 7. What are data modules still missing? • DMR (dimensionally modeled relational) • Object-based security • Model branches and merges – team-based modeling • Parameter maps • Multi-lingual packages • Complex row-level security implementations • FM style namespaces (but we can somewhat simulate) • FM style packages • Search and select prompt for reporting 7
  • 8. Data governance is a framework for ensuring the availability, accuracy, and security of data across an organization. 8 •IT driven enterprise model •Hybrid model •End-user driven model Data module architectures Many ways to use data modules, but we would like to discuss potential key architectures that you can use to implement data modules
  • 9. 9 IT driven enterprise model – classic FM  IT gathers report requirements  IT develops the Framework Manager model  IT publishes packages from the Framework Manager model  IT creates standard reports from the package  Users may create their own ad hoc analysis reports from the package
  • 10. 10 IT driven enterprise model – data modules • Replace the use of FM with data modules • For new modeling projects, they are driven by business requirements vs. modeling the entire database • For existing legacy FM models, select business relevant subject areas in the model that need to be redesigned for better self-service • The data module is READ ONLY and controlled by IT • End user modelers can ‘link’ to this module or create data sets for their own modeling purposes
  • 11. 11 Hybrid model • Uses legacy IT maintained FM packages • Part of the package can be integrated into a user or IT data module • Legacy packages used to create datasets for use in data modules • Allows user access to spreadsheet data
  • 12. 12 End-user driven model “Point me to the data, I’ll take care of the rest…”  IT maintains the source databases or data warehouses  Use Cognos self-service modeling components to model the database for specific requirements  Users extract subsets of data from source databases via Cognos data sets technology; which are integrated into data modules  Users may upload their own privately maintained curated data from spreadsheets or text files
  • 13. See demos of the three data module architectures To view the video recording and download the slide deck go to https://senturus.com/resources/cognos-data-module- architectures-and-use-cases/. 13
  • 14. 14 Data set libraries • Common data sets for use in user or IT defined data modules • Subject specific dimensional/reference data or summarized fact data • Not meant to store large amounts of data, typically 10-15M rows max • Allows for better performing queries/reports • Stored in common folder structures Databases FM Packages Common Data Sets Stored in Team Content
  • 15. Answers to participant questions 15
  • 16. Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use Cases 16 Q: Is it possible to connect multiple fact tables to the same dimension table or multiple dimension tables in Cognos? For example, if we have five fact tables and three DIM tables with four out of the five fact tables connect to three DIM tables? A: Yes, this typical star schema model is fully supported by data modules. Q: If our users have read only access in Cognos, can they copy data module from their “My Content” and make changes all join? A: Much like a report, users can copy the data module to their My Content and then make changes. But they are no longer linked to the READ ONLY data module and will no longer see any more changes that IT may make.
  • 17. Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use Cases 17 Q: Users in our environment can see Frameworks, but within modules, they can’t see tables in our data warehouse. Are there other configuration/settings that we’re missing? For example, if users go to Microsoft Access, can they see the tables within the warehouse? A: When you create the Cognos data source connection be sure you load the metadata for the schema. This is a button in the data source connection properties. Q: How many Cognos Framework Manager packages can be combined in a data module? A: There is no limit, but it really is a best practice design issue. Make sure your data modules are concise and subject specific.
  • 18. Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use Cases 18 Q: How resource intensive are data modules compared to Framework Manager? Does Cognos suggest additional resources if using DMs vs. FM? A: Since data modules can integrate many different types of data sources – DB Connections, FM packages, data set and uploaded Excel files it will depend on the content of the DMs. A DM with only data sets will generally perform better but you may need to keep an eye on the memory use of the data sets in Cognos. Q: When combining a Cognos Framework Manager package with a data module, does the FM package need to be built in DQM or can it be CQM? A: The FM model needs to be in DQM.
  • 19. Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use Cases 19 Q: If I get an error when I try to bring an ODS package into the Cognos data module will I need help from IT? It says connection information is missing from data source (ODS). I do not have administrative access. A: Like running a report against a package, if the data source connection of the package contains incorrect connection settings, you will need access to that connection. Try calling IT to fix the package connection. Q: If the Cognos Framework Manager package can be either CQM or DQM, are there any advantages or disadvantages between the two? A: DQM is really the better of the two modes. It is the newest mode and uses a 64BIT java engine vs. the 32bit CQM engine. Most current and future Cognos Analytics 11x features will require DQM connections.
  • 20. Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use Cases 20 Q: If I create a hybrid Cognos data module with query subjects that have object-based security, will that security be preserved? A: A data module that brings in Framework Manager package objects will respect the security model of the FM package. Q: In Cognos 11.1.7 can I copy query objects from reports to a data set? A: The 11.1.7 release uses the query tools from the report studio tool set. But we do not believe there is an easy was to import those query objects from reports to the new 11.1.7 data set editor. Q: How can I get the presentation for this webinar? A: Access the deck and the recording at: https://senturus.com/resources/cognos-data-module-architectures-use-cases/
  • 21. Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use Cases 21 Q: With the data set library, how do I save different Cognos data sets for different departments since the data set is saved under the same name? The security is based on department at my organization. A: You can use Team Content folder security to create data sets for departments in different folders. Then the folders are secured for each department. Beyond data sets, you can have one master data set that is in a data module that contains security based on Cognos security groups. Then the data module is the one that is published and then users can link to that data module. Q: Will the architecture model work in Cognos 11.0.13? A: Possibly, but there are so many more data module features added through the 11.1.7 release. We recommend not using that release.
  • 22. Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use Cases 22 Q: Would you recommend using data modules in Cognos 11.0.11? A: We recommend waiting to upgrade to the latest release because of the many improvements to data modules. Q: How much RAM is used when using Cognos data sets? A: Depends on the size of the data set. You can adjust how much memory Cognos devotes to data sets in the advanced settings section of the admin console. Initially it is set to 4GB. Q: How are Cognos data modules validated? A: They are automatically validated in the tool.
  • 23. Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use Cases 23 Q: To improve the performance of data modules, we’ve been creating data sets with data modules and then bring it back to data module. Although this process works, we have been facing issues when trying to combine package. What are the shortcomings when using packages in data modules? A: 11.1.7 has an improved data set editor. The full query painter tools in Report Studio are available in the data set editor. You no longer need to create data modules to create data sets. Using packages in data modules can become confusing since you don’t really see the tables on the relationship diagram editor, and this is by design because of the potential of seeing too many tables. We like to only expose the tables we need from packages in DMs via views. We’ll analyze the requirements and if possible, create a data set from that package that is more subject focused and smaller than the full table in the package.
  • 24. Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use Cases 24 Q: How do Cognos datasets perform against cloud? A: When you join a data set to a cloud table, Cognos will bring the data from the cloud table and join it to the dataset at the Cognos server. Q: Is there possible versioning on Cognos data modeling? A: There is no native versioning so you will need to make copies of a data module. However, Motio has versioning capabilities. Q: In Cognos Framework Manager, can we do complex joins with SQL statements? Can we do those complex joins in Cognos data modules as well? Or are they limited to simple joins? A: The later releases of data modules allow for complex joins. We recommend you start your data module journey with the latest release of Cognos 11.1.7.
  • 25. Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use Cases 25 Q: Can we include several packages in Cognos data modules and then in report editor join queries from various packages in the data modules? A: Technically yes, but it will look messy to report writers. We advise exposing what you need then hide the underlying packages in a data module. Q: How can we make a translation layer in Cognos data modules for reusing translations for role playing dimensions? A: For role playing dimensions, bring in the physical dimension table. Make table view copies of the table then hide the base physical table. Do this in a folder, it acts like a physical namespace layer.
  • 26. Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use Cases 26 Q: When is the auto refresh capability arriving in Cognos? For example, we’d like to use a flat file loaded from a drive. Every time the file is updated, we need to reupload the file. A: Great idea, but we’re not sure when that feature will be arriving. It might be possible to do this via the SDK. Q: Does IBM want users to move off Framework Manager and instead use data modules? A: For new modeling tasks IBM would like you to start with data modules. There are so many Framework Manager models in use that we don’t advise doing a complete 1 for 1 migration of an FM model to a DM. It’s better to just find what parts of that model needs re-engineering and focus on those.
  • 27. Cognos Data Module Architectures & Use Cases 27 Q: Where is the data stored from data sets in Cognos? A: They are stored on the Cognos server in a parquet file format. Q: What are advantages and disadvantages to storing Cognos datasets in a content store database vs. external files? A: Initially they are stored in the content store, but we recommend storing it on the file system because as your user base uses this feature, the content store is going to get too large. With a file system you can devote specific storage locations that could be optimized for retrieval. Q: Does report execution mode changing to 64-bit help in Cognos datasets and data modules or in general? A: Yes.
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  2. Joining us today is…..Pedro Ining Pedro joined Senturus in 2010 and brings over 20 years of BI and data warehousing experience to his role. He has been instrumental in implementing data warehousing systems from scratch and has experienced the evolution of the BI industry through several iterations of BI products including Cognos, MicroStrategy and Tableau.
  3. So I think one take away that you should get from this Webinar is that you need to start looking at Data Modules and start exposing your user community To the benefits of Data Modules.
  4. This model could still be an option especially for use cases where the concept of self-service is limited to just running IT developed reports. Usually, the semantic FM Model layer was developed for use by report developers. Semantics layers that are built using this paradigm are typically not well-suited for use by self-service users. The is approach could, however, still enhance a standard FM Package with self-service enhancements like pre-built calculations, better organization, or more specific package subsets of the original FM Model.
  5. This model could still be an option especially for use cases where the concept of self-service is limited to just running IT developed reports. Usually, the semantic FM Model layer was developed for use by report developers. Semantics layers that are built using this paradigm are typically not well-suited for use by self-service users. The is approach could, however, still enhance a standard FM Package with self-service enhancements like pre-built calculations, better organization, or more specific package subsets of the original FM Model.
  6. This model leverages the IT centrally maintained semantic layer but allows users to integrate their own data and enhance the existing IT metadata. In this scenario, only part of the semantic layer is built by IT and the rest could be built by end users. Professional Cognos developers can also build Hybrid models to satisfy specific requirements by end-users such as the loading of their own spreadsheet data. For large legacy Cognos organizations this model is a very appealing choice. Over the years many FM packages have been developed and they typically are very stable and have the data integrity blessing of the central IT organization. Because of the flexibility that Data Modules provide there can be very many permutations of this model. The diagram below shows some common use cases that could be used.
  7. This model could still be an option especially for use cases where the concept of self-service is limited to just running IT developed reports. Usually, the semantic FM Model layer was developed for use by report developers. Semantics layers that are built using this paradigm are typically not well-suited for use by self-service users. The is approach could, however, still enhance a standard FM Package with self-service enhancements like pre-built calculations, better organization, or more specific package subsets of the original FM Model.
  8. This model could still be an option especially for use cases where the concept of self-service is limited to just running IT developed reports. Usually, the semantic FM Model layer was developed for use by report developers. Semantics layers that are built using this paradigm are typically not well-suited for use by self-service users. The is approach could, however, still enhance a standard FM Package with self-service enhancements like pre-built calculations, better organization, or more specific package subsets of the original FM Model.
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